[LINK] Senate Standing Committee: NetAlert/Mandatory filtering updates

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Tue Feb 19 13:03:49 EST 2008

On 19/2/08 12:49 PM, "Stephen Wilson" <swilson at lockstep.com.au> wrote:
> Can someone clarify if the government has really
> ever declared itself to be up for the open ended caper of tracking and
> blocking "inappropriate" content generally?

ALP election policy:

On page 2:

    "That is why Labor will:

    - Provide a mandatory Œclean feed¹ internet service for all homes,
      schools and public computers that are used by Australian children.
      Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will filter out content that is
      identified as prohibited by the Australian Communications and Media
      Authority (ACMA).  The ACMA Œblacklist¹ will be made more
      comprehensive to ensure that children are protected from harmful
      and inappropriate online material..."

Note the word "ensure" that children are "protected" from "harmful and
inappropriate" content.

Senator Steve Fielding (Family First) is talking about blocking things like
websites which promote anorexia as a valid lifestyle choice, and Senator is
saying nothing to contradict him.


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